Mark Lawes works primarily as a creator of experimental performance with an international, multidisciplinary company of artists. His work is created organically out of a friction between fragments of history, visual art, contemporary dance, music, and an alphabet of material coming from dramaturgical research. All of this is put in motion through a process of improvisation. Full-length works include the trilogy Little Red River (2008,) On the Side of the Road (2009), and Lucy Lost Her Heart (2011), which toured to World Stage in Toronto and to Usine C in Montreal.
In 2012, Lawes was selected as laureate of the City of Paris/Institut Français art-in-residence program at Les Récollets to begin research for Sometime between Now and When the Sun Goes Supernova, which premiered in Calgary and subsequently toured to Théâtre Aux Écuries in Montreal in 2014.
Lawes has collaborated with musicians, filmmakers, choreographers, and directors in opera, theatre, and dance. In 2003, he lived in Paris where he worked on projects at l’Opéra national de Paris, le Théâtre de l’Athenée, le Scène nationale d’Orléans, the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, and the Steirischer Herbst theatre festival in Graz, Austria.
Lawes and his company of artists were invited to Théâtre Aux Écuries in Montreal in September 2014 to work on their latest creation Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere premiered at Theatre Junction GRAND in February of 2015 and will tour to Théâtre Aux Écuries in November 2015.
Raphaële Thiriet studied theatre in France at la Conservatoire national de région de Toulouse, learning the Grotowski technique under Henry Bornstein. Upon graduation in 1997, she attended the l’Université d’Aix-en-Provence, where she studied philosophical and political views on theatre. In 2001, she honed her dramaturgy and acting skills under Angela Konrad, dramaturge and artistic director of the In Pulverem Reverteris company. While there, Raphaële performed in works such as Time Is Out of Joint – Part 1, 2, & 3, Richard III, and Traumzeit, and toured throughout France and Germany. She has worked with choreographers Heddy Maalem and Emilio Calgagno (Ballet Preljocaj) and with several other companies in France including Ma Voisine S’appelle Cassandre on works by contemporary writers such as Valère Novarina, Edouard Glissant, and Roland Schimmelpfennig. Recent work includes Les Instituteurs Immoreaux (inspired by the writings of Donatien Alphonse Sade) with the company Les Travailleurs de la Nuit and Martin Crimp’s The Country, directed by Chris Abraham of Crows Theatre (Toronto). Raphaële has been part of Theatre Junction’s company of artists for the past six years, collaborating as co-writer, performer, and dramaturge.
Luc Bouchard-Boissonneault’s training in martial arts at an early age has been an influence throughout his career. Through karate, he learned about the philosophy of the “other,” of listening to the self, and of balance in the game of conflicting forces. Later in life, Luc became interested in the social dance phenomenon and discovered swing, which he practiced for several years. Intrigued by the body and physicality, Luc pursued a degree in contemporary dance at the University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM), which quickly propelled him into the world of professional dance.
As an interpreter, Luc has worked with Dave St-Pierre on the creation of Un Peu de Tendresse Bordel de Merde, which toured internationally, including performances in the prestigious Festival d’Avingon, as well as with Québec choreographer Virginie Brunelle in Les Cuisses à L’écart du Coeur (2006), Complexe des Genres (2011), and Plomb (2013). Luc is based in Montreal and has been part of Theatre Junction’s company of artists for the past four years.
Melina Stinson is a dancer and choreographer based in Montreal. She is an ongoing interpreter for, and collaborator of Calgary’s Theatre Junction and Montreal’s Lost and Found with whom she has toured and created in France, Canada and Mexico over the last three years. When she isn’t working for these two companies, she is either creating her own work or dancing for other companies and choreographers such as Lara Kramer danse, Carré des Lombes, Bouge de là, Human Playground, Pulse and Puppet, Woo Me Myth, Taryn Javier, Manon Oligny and Mélanie Demers. Melina is excited to be working in Montreal with Dorian Nuskind-Oder for the first time in 2015.
Melina first discovered movement through urban dance in high school. As she continued her studies in dance at the University of Calgary and then in Montreal, she kept searching for the freedom she found in her initial dancing experiences. Now, Melina is increasingly interested in the body’s sensorial connection to common sense and empathy. Implicit physical communication among performers and audience is what keeps drawing Melina back to the studio and stage. Melina is based in Montreal and has been part of Theatre Junction’s company of artists for the past four years.
Arran Fisher is a Calgary-based performer, composer, and music producer who has worked with a multitude of local and international artists. He seeks to tap into the emotional resonance of any given situation, whether it is film, theatre, live recording, musical performance, or studio production.
As a collaborative element, Fisher’s music doesn’t adhere to a set genre or instrumentation. Past performance highlights include works conceived and performed with his former band The Summerlad, such as City of Noise (2005), an extended piece for 17 musicians created for the High Performance Rodeo, and The Passion of Joan of Arc (2006), a feature-length live silent film soundtrack.
As a musician, Fisher has toured internationally with bands Woodpigeon and The Summerlad and has appeared on over a dozen releases as a main performer with these two bands. His current musical outlets are country-punk trio Lucky Sonne and his personal folk-rock project, Ship Shape. His film work includes the soundtrack for indie feature One Night in Seattle and the score for a promotional film for the United Nations on behalf of the Emirate of Qatar. Recording production credits under his Acoustikitty Studio banner have appeared on dozens of albums in a variety of genres. As a producer, his work has received the Polaris Prize and Western Canadian Music Award nominations. Fisher has been a part of Theatre Junction’s company of artists for the past two years.
Kyle Thomas is a Calgary-based filmmaker and musician and alum of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal. His short film Not Far From The Abattoir (2011) was awarded top prizes at the Calgary and Edmonton International Film Festivals for short format work by an Alberta-based director, and was screened in competition at SXSW 2012. Thomas’ latest short film The Post (2013) was presented at Cannes 2013 as part of Telefilm Canada’s Not Short On Talent program. A 2014 recipient of the prestigious Lieutenant Governor General of Alberta Arts Award, Thomas has completed his first feature film, The Valley Below, a multi-narrative drama set in the bad lands of central Alberta. The film was produced with the support of Telefilm Canada and the Alberta Media Fund, and had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014.
“A mediation through dance, music, and in particular body language and movement that transcends the limitations of verbal language.” – Brad Simm, Beatroute Magazine
“The juxtaposition of the suburban and the solitude…is stunning and moving” – Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald
“A brilliantly conceived multimedia exploration of interstices, both temporal and spatial, that we, as members of Western society, currently find ourselves in” – Prof. Maria Euchner, PhD, University of Calgary
“A vibrant, surreal and often quite funny combination of spoken word, dance, striking video, film sequences and haunting original music” – Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald
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The Theatre Junction’s Company of Artists has been developing an artistic partnership with Théâtre Aux Écuries for the last three years. This partnership lead to the residency of Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere in September 2014, and has now been invited back for its French premiere in November 2015.
Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere
Théâtre Aux Écuries, Montréal
7285, rue Chabot Montréal (Québec)
From October 1st to 11th 2015, Mark Lawes is invited to Paris by the Consulate General of France in Vancouver in the framework of the “FOCUS Performing Arts” organized by the Institut Français.
Throughout the 2015-16 season, Theatre Junction’s company of artists will open their studio, the TJLAB, on a regular basis to present experiments and improvisations to a small audience featuring special guests. Currently we are working with Malcolm Mooney, singer poet and visual artist, probably best known as the original vocalist from the German krautrock band CAN.
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